WandaVision’s warped sitcom life is still playing its Marvel Comics cards close to its vest, sowing hints and reaping very few confirmed facts.
But the latest hinting in this week’s third episode of the Disney Plus series points to one of the Marvel Universe’s most out-of-this-world secret organizations. And it just might connect to the future of Captain Marvel, Nick Fury, and the Skrull empire.
[Ed. note: This piece contains spoilers for WandaVision through episode 3.]
Episode 3 of WandaVision spends much more time with the character of Geraldine than previous episodes, as she befriends Wanda and helps deliver her twin sons. But other members of Westview comment that Geraldine is strange, and new to town. She’s unlike other citizens in one other way as well. So far she is the only one who seems to have memories of Wanda’s life as an Avenger.
Geraldine tells Wanda that she remembers when Ultron killed her brother Pietro, and Wanda becomes agitated and suspicious. We don’t see exactly what happens next, but the next time we see Geraldine, she’s ejected through a shimmering barrier surrounding Westview, as gun-toting, uniformed people surround her.
One of the things Wanda becomes suspicious of is Geraldine’s pendant, a teardrop with an upraised sword in it.
The mixture of sword imagery and a shadowy military group points in one direction for Marvel Comics fans: SWORD.
What is SWORD?
SWORD is the Sentient World Observation and Response Department. In other words, it’s a counterpart to SHIELD that focuses on extra-terrestrial threats — of which the Marvel Comics Universe has many.
The profile of SWORD does not loom as large as SHIELD’s in Marvel Comics history, though it did have a significant role to play in arcs like Secret Invasion, which just happens to be one of Marvel’s upcoming Disney Plus exclusive series.
Also, right now in the comics, SWORD has evolved into the space exploration and diplomacy arm of the mutant government of Krakoa. That’s such a recent development that it shouldn’t be expected that it’ll have any connection to WandaVision, even if Wanda and her brother Pietro used to be mutants in the comics. But it is cool.
What is SWORD doing in WandaVision?
How exactly has an organization that polices alien threats become connected with the Scarlet Witch, a super-powered human? That remains very unclear.
But, there is a very interesting direct link between them and “Geraldine.” Geraldine is played by Teyonah Parris, the actress who signed on to play an adult version of Monica Rambeau, the young girl who appeared in Captain Marvel. It seems likely that it’ll eventually be revealed that Geraldine and Monica are the same person. And if that’s true, you have your connection to aliens right there: Monica is a good friend of Captain Marvel, the most alien-experienced superhero on Earth.
Monica could also have kept in touch with Nick Fury since Captain Marvel. The last we saw of SHIELD’s slipperiest agent in Spider-Man: Far From Home, he was in deep space on a Skrull ship. Samuel Jackson will eventually return to the role for Secret Invasion, and Parris will be seen again in the un-subtitled Captain Marvel 2. It’s possible, as is the Marvel way, that WandaVision lays the foundation for both future installments of the MCU.